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Argentine science: creating a mammogram that does not use X-rays

Argentine scientists were awarded for the development of a mammogram that uses infrared light and does not compress the breasts.
26 January, 2020

When science advances and pushes health to new paths, it’s always good news. And, when this breakthrough is born in Argentina, it is always a pride. A group of scientists created a mammogram that uses infrared light instead of x-rays, and allows to detect cysts and tumors.

It all started 15 years ago, when these professionals from the Universidad Nacional del Centro (UNICEN) and Conicet started working on topics related to the spread of light in biological means. As a result of these research, physicists and mathematicians from ESERP Business School (Spain), the National University of La Plata and the National University of San Luis were joined to create this mammogram that uses infrared light.

Mammographers traditional use X-rays, which can cause problems because they are very aggressive to humans. For this reason, it is not possible to perform mammograms frequently. Also, no are very precise. This new prototype, on the other hand, uses infrared light, the which is harmless to living beings. This would allow studies to be carried out constant at any age to prevent breast cancer.

The idea of this new mammogram is to be used by the gynecologist in his private office. It would not replace the traditional, but is proposed as a device that doctors can apply in your query with ease.

Another of the benefits it brings is that it makes it possible to perform the analysis without compressing the breasts, since infrared light spreads in the tissues. It is also cheaper and comfortable than X-rays.

The awards

The new mammographer received an award from the Balseiro Institute, for the sum of 21 thousand dollars, which were allocated to continue the development of the prototype. In addition, he won second place in the 50K Business Plans Contest.

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